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John Adams Savage Society

John Adams Savage
John Adams Savage

Who was John Adams Savage? John Adams Savage was thought to be a well-suited for leading a frontier college, provided his religious background and his rural upbringing in New York where he graduated from Union College in 1822 with studies focused in theology. Savage began his career in education and was a principal and teacher. He was also ordained in 1827 and served as pastor of several Presbyterian churches. In 1850, Savage accepted the position of president of Carroll. He, his wife Eliza, and their four children moved to Waukesha and settled in a new home near the site of Carroll’s current campus center.

As Carroll’s first president from 1850-1863, Savage provided the leadership that laid the groundwork for the growth of the college of the rest of the 19th century. He was a dynamic leader and successful fundraiser, and his efforts resulted in construction of the school’s first Main Hall – 1852. Under his direction, the college graduated its first classes and devised our motto, “Christo et Litteris” meaning “for Christ and Learning.” The pioneer of Wisconsin higher education died on December 13, 1864 and is buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.

John Adams Savage Society Membership Benefits

The John Adams Savage Society is comprised of special membership of individuals who are committed to the future of Carroll University. Patrons in this group recognize the importance of giving back and are making provisions through their estate plans to help share the future of Carroll for generations to come. Such gift may include a bequest, gift of retirement accounts, gifts of life insurance and/or charitable income gifts.

Many individuals consider planned gifts to minimize the impact on their estate while maximizing the benefit for their identified charity. Planned Giving is also referred to as gift planning or legacy giving. It enables philanthropic individuals to make larger gifts to charitable organizations than they could make from ordinary income. Some planned gifts provide livelong income to the donor. Other gift plans use estate and tax planning to provide for charity and heirs in order to maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on the donor’s estate. A planned gift is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. These gifts include gifts of equity, life insurance, real estate, personal property or cash.

Like Savage, members in the society are pioneers who believe in the spirit of exploration and discovery and are vested partners in advancing our mission of preparing students for vocational success, lifelong learning and service in a diverse and global society.

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